As India steps into the 69th year of establishing itself as a Republic, the nomadic Van Gujjars and many forest-dependent communities across the country continue to struggle for forest rights.
Women of the Bhotiya community in Uttarakhand’s Gothi hamlet earn an income by breaking quarried stones – and recall a time when their weaving skills brought them respect as well as financial returns.
The devastating floods of June 2013 highlighted the need for sound planning and construction in the high-altitude terrain of the Himalayas. That lesson and concerns of geologists, however, are being ignored in its reconstruction.
The 2013 deluge came as a windfall for him. The media was too ready to build and hand over to the country, a strong man, a Rambo, a rescuer. We clung to him. From the heights of Kedarnath thus began the fall of this nation.
The people continue to defecate in the open, though government records show the village has functional toilets.
Incidents of religious violence have been on the rise in Uttarakhand since the BJP came to power earlier this year.
A desperate attempt is underway to change the narrative over the death of scores of children.
Ladaiti Devi is a self-assured and wise warrior who found her calling in weaving ‘durries’ – and now her fingers weave a magic that is locally renowned.
Results of state assembly elections can have extended consequences on the composition of the Rajya Sabha.
Rawat fought and won the assembly election from the Doiwala constituency in Dehradun district.
With no chief minister candidate announced before the election, it now remains to be seen who will lead the BJP government in Uttarakhand.
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Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to voice his opinions on the election results and said parties should move beyond criticising Modi and actually offer voters an alternative agenda.
Ahead of the assembly election results, here’s a brief look at the electoral politics of UP, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Goa.
Environmentalists blame a badly-planned hydropower project for the extent of flood-related destruction, while families are still waiting to be compensated.
The Wire takes you through the history of elections, party politics and power shifts in Uttarakhand.
Large-scale hydropower and other projects are destroying both the livelihoods and culture of local people.
Severe disenchantment and rebellion in the BJP’s ranks may give the Congress an easy victory in Nainital.
While the Congress is confident that a BJP rebel standing as an independent will work in their favour, the BJP still think they have the upper hand.
Despite being known for focussing on local issues, the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal’s presence is the state has been falling.
As Politicians Dither on Uttarakhand’s New Capital, Gairsain Residents Swing Between Hope and Despair
Locals say shifting the capital and state assembly to Gairsain would bring more funds and create more job opportunities.
People alleged that political parties have consistently ignored their issues, from the lack of clean water to flood relief.
Based on people’s demands, the elections in Tehri Garhwal are being fought on the issues of increasing employment opportunities, more tourism and promoting fruit cultivation.
While the election is being fought on the performance of the chief minister and sitting MLAs, there are differing perceptions of the large number of rebels and turncoats.
Discussions on culling had moments that were difficult to comprehend – especially since India claims to be a leader of wildlife research in the region.
The Asian Centre for Human Rights has found that the Uttarakhand government has been woefully negligent of the plight of female children in the state.
Chinese troops had infiltrated the Barahoti ground in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, which has remained a disputed area since 1957.
The move to seek review of the judgement coincides with a fresh attempt by nine rebel Uttarakhand Congress MLAs pleading for a stay on their disqualification by the speaker by relying on the Arunachal verdict.
The court’s rejection of the recent use of Article 356 is a reminder that there is no alternative to strictly adhering to the constitutionally laid down procedures.
According to disaster management office sources, the cloudburst occurred in the villages of Singhali, Patthakot, Ogla and Thal villages.
Fifty-seven men were washed away by flash-floods on the night of June 17, 2013. All have since been declared dead by the state government.
According to the convention, by-elections are not conducted in states if less than a year of their tenure is left. But the law lays down that elections be conducted within six months of a vacancy and it is now up to the Supreme Court to take a call on Uttarakhand.
The Supreme Court put its stamp of approval on yesterday’s Uttarakhand assembly floor test, confirming that the Congress government won with 33 of the 61 votes.
The Uttarakhand episode is an object lesson for the BJP leadership, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah
The Supreme Court on May 9 rejected the plea to vote by nine Congress MLAs, who were disqualified from the Uttarakhand Assembly, during the floor test on May 10.
Official results will be available only on May 11, though sources in the Congress claim to have got 34 of the 61 votes.
As a result, the nine MLAs cannot vote in tomorrow’s floor test in the Uttarakhand assembly.
If Rawat wins the trust vote he will become the chief minister, but if he loses then the governor will invite the leader of the party who claims majority support to form the government.
Accounting for half of India’s population, the states from the Gangetic belt have higher fertility rates than the Indian average.
The Uttarakhand case and the suspension of Andhra Pradesh MLA R.K. Roja illustrate the possible consequences of mixing up the functions of the legislature and the judiciary.